How did English Society come to Terms With Travel?

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Zane Giffen – HIST 009-305 Essay #2 – Nestorian Order Dissenting to Accepting: English Nobles and Their Opinions of Travel in the 1600s By the early seventeenth century, the touring of foreign lands by young English gentlemen had become a widespread routine, rooted into common preparations for marriage and career. Despite its regularity, many aged nobles actively opposed the journeys undertaken by these young men. In 1606, Barnabe Rich remarked, “[Travelers] in their journeying doe so empty themselves of the little witte they carried out.” 1 Likewise, John Deacon wrote, “what other more pregnant reason may be rendred for [travel], then our carelesse entercourse of trafficking with the contagious corruptions, and customes of forreine nations?” 2 Both of these men—and a great deal of their peers—believed that travel should be left to merchants, soldiers, and diplomats. An opposing viewpoint, however, also began to establish a presence. A number of Englishmen, many of whom had traveled themselves, vigorously favored travel.
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